A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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GROVE CITY -- The defeat of an operating levy Thursday will force the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board to dig deep into the budget to get out of statutory operating debt. "It means we have to make some serious cuts. Deeper than we care to," said John Cunningham, chairman of the ACGC School Board. "We're back to looking at all the options." Because 88 percent of ACGC's budget is to pay for staff, reductions in the budget will come in the form of reduced staff and student programs, said Cunningham.
If Erin Gleeson had missed a required art class on her very first day of college, she wouldn't have seen a slide show that included stark photographs of Cambodians who were imprisoned, tortured and killed at the Tuol Sleng prison in Phenom Penh in the 1970s. The photographs are simple head and shoulder mug shots of Cambodian artists and intellectuals who were victims of the cruel Khemur Rouge ruler Pol Pot. The photos depicted just a handful of the estimated 14,000 killed at the prison. The images were seared into Gleeson's mind.
GROVE CITY -- Voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District Thursday rejected by a wide margin a school referendum to generate new revenue for the district. The ACGC levy failed on an unofficial count of: No: 1,253 Yes: 802 Residents were asked to vote yes or no on a request to place an additional $450 per pupil unit levy on the school district's property taxes. If approved, the levy would have generated about $438,000 every year for the seven-year life of the levy. Ballot counting on the special school levy was completed at 5:15 a.m.
GROVE CITY -- Ballots for a special school levy were being counted late into the night Thursday and probably well into the early hours of this morning in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. Residents voted on whether or not to raise school taxes to generate new revenue for the district. The results of the election were not known by press time.
WILLMAR -- A stack of 43 documents that detail the sale of the Willmar Regional Treatment Center to Kandiyohi County and a private Willmar company is now in the hands of the private buyer. "We signed all of our papers three weeks ago," said Kandiyohi County Administrator Wayne Thompson. "We've signed everything," he said. "As far as I know, all the county work is done." Jim Sieben, a spokesman from MinnWest Technology, said Tuesday that the company now has all the documents in their possession. "It's finally in our hands," said Sieben.
GROVE CITY -- The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board will hold its Truth in Taxation hearing at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The public hearing on the proposed 2006-07 levy will be held at the media center at the Junior/Senior High School in Grove City. At the same time, district residents are in the process of voting on an additional levy to raise new revenue to get the district out of statutory operating debt -- defined by the state as a negative fund balance of more than 2.5 percent of operating expenditures.
SPICER -- Making your own homemade wine without making a mess in your own home is one of the options at the Glacial Ridge Winemaking Connection, a new venture started this month by Ron and Kimberly Wothe. The Wothes own and operate the Jimmy Appleseed Orchard and Glacial Ridge ice cream and sandwich shop near Spicer. Intrigued by the idea of eventually operating a full-fledged winery at the orchard, the Wothes have taken a step in that direction by expanding their business to include a home winemaking center.
GROVE CITY -- Ballots are slowly being returned to the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City district office for a mail-in election to decide whether to increase school revenue by raising taxes. Just before Thanksgiving, about 500 of the 3,689 ballots had been returned. They were put in a locked box where they'll remain until 8 p.m. Dec.
WILLMAR -- County commissioners from around the state were told Tuesday to talk to and continue to support their local public health departments to help prepare for future health disaster, like the avian flu virus. During a statewide video conference with the Minnesota Department of Health, county commissioners were also told to review their disaster plan and practice putting the plan into action. The advice was included in an update on what the state Health Department learned from its response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster and what the department is doing to prepare for a possible flu p
WILLMAR -- Security cameras may be installed on some of the public buses in Kandiyohi Area Transit system. The KAT operations board agreed Tuesday that it made sense to investigate the option of installing cameras and video recording equipment on buses. They referred the issue to the expansion committee. Security cameras have become "standard in the busing industry," said John Groothuis, KAT director. Having equipment that can continually record activity on the bus would provide "a positive protection system for KAT," he said.